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    Henry David Thoreau(Author)

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Wishing to get a better view than I had yet had of the ocean, which, we are told, covers more tlian two thirds of the globe, but of which a man who lives a few miles inland may never see any trace, more than of another world, I made a visit to Cape Cod in October, 1849, another the succeeding June, and another to Truro in July, 1855 ;the first and last time with a single companion, the second time alone. I have spent, in all, about three weeks on the Cape; walked from Eastham to Provincetown twice on the Atlantic side, and once on the Bay side also, excepting four or five miles, and crossed the Cape half a dozen times on my way; but having come so fresh to the sea, I have got but little salted. My readers must expect only so much saltness as the land breeze acquires from blowing over an arm of the sea, or is tasted on the windows and the bark of trees twenty miles inland, after September gales. I have been accustomed to make excursions to the ponds within ten miles of Concord, but latterly I have extended my excursions to the sea-shore.
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""[I]llustrates the qualities that define [Thoreaus] greatest works: his clarity and ease of style, and his concreteness as a naturalist and observer of nature and society. Patrick Cullen's unforced and straightforward deliveryconveys both Thoreau's strengths as a reporter and the secret of handling this author successfully in the audio format."" --AudioFile Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, and philosopher, who is best known for his works Waldena treatise about living in concert with the natural worldand Civil Disobedience, in which he espoused the need to morally resist the actions of an unjust state. Thoreau s work heavily reflects the ideologies of the American transcendentalists, and he has long been considered a leading figure in the movement along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and, at first, Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his views later in life). In addition to his writing, which totaled more than twenty volumes, Thoreau was an active abolitionist, and lectured regularly against the Fugitive Slave Law. Thoreau died in 1862, and is buried along with Louisa May Alcott, Ellery Channing, and other notable Americans in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

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  • PDF | 258 pages
  • Henry David Thoreau(Author)
  • Forgotten Books (August 12, 2012)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By WJB on October 31, 2017

    I have read all the Thoreau books. This one is my favorite. He doesn't wander off into philosophical realms, he wanders into the Maine wilderness with a companion and a native American guide. He really makes you understand what it must have been like to venture into the barely civilized forests of America. His descriptions are rich and sometimes poetic. When he and/or his companions get lost or lose the trails, which they do sometimes, you realize how it must have felt to be in a wilderness without cell phones and GPS tracking devices.

  • By gtd914 on January 9, 2018

    As someone who treasures his limited opportunities to get to coastal Maine (about every 3 years or so), his description of the inland areas I have not visited makes me want to add this to my next visit itinerary. For those of us who appreciate his unique prose and detailed description along with environmental commentary well ahead of his time, this was an enjoyable excursion to a time when the unspoiled was already starting to lose out to commercial interests. Of course those who toiled for subsistence wages in the dangerous and unbearable conditions were glad for the opportunities the resources of the woods provided.

  • By William1 on March 11, 2014

    Of the three books I have read by Thoreau (Walden and the Maine Woods being the other two), I enjoyed this one the most. Thoreau's description of the Cape Cod bay and coast are impeccable, and actually make you long to resort there. I would love to re-trace his course from Barnstable to Provincetown, visiting Truro and Wellfleet as I perused through the dunes and cliffs. There is quite a bit of very interesting history in this book as well, and he often cites "Mourt's Relation", a pilgrim document which I have since endeavored to read as well, and found to be very fascinating. Cape Cod is definitely a very worthwhile book to read, especially if you like images of the sea, wind, sand, and coastal weather. I truly enjoyed it very much.

  • By Jocelyn L. on July 20, 2009

    This is a comment about the edition rather than the book:I bought this edition based on the review about the very helpful index. Please be careful about what edition you are actually buying. Many of these reviews are about different editions. I bought the BiblioLife paperback book with a picture of the green bicycle on the cover. I just received it and there is NO INDEX.It looks like the original text from an original printing (with smaller physical dimensions) was photocopied page by page and put into this paperback book. This will do the trick but I am a little disappointed and wish I had bought a different edition.It is confusing on amazon because when you click "look inside" it shows an index, with a tiny note saying the "look inside" refers to a different edition.

  • By Martin H. Dickinson on December 10, 2005

    Most people are familiar with Thoreau through his Walden. Few know perhaps that he didn't stay put in Concord but journeyed to the Maine Woods and elsewhere, and that these travels were formative of his philosophy and ideas. Thoreau believed the Maine wilderness north of Bangor was every bit as wild as the west and other far flung corners of the continent in the 1850s, and here he shows us an incredible panorama of beauty and wonder. You will gain insight into how Native Americans hunted Moose in the mid-19th Century and why Thoreau, a vegetarian, disdained the killing of animals for meat. One of the most sriking passages is his description of the sound of a huge tree falling in the forest in the distance at night.In Ktaadn, Thoreau defines the essence of wilderness:"Nature was here something savage and awful, though beautiful. I looked with awe at the ground I trod on, to see what the Powers had made there, the form and fashion and material of their work. This was that Earth of which we have heard, made out of Chaos and Old Night. Here was no man's garden, but the unhandselled globe. It was not lawn, nor pasture, nor mead, nor woodland, nor lea, nor arable, nor wast-land. It was the fresh and natural surface of the planet Earth as it was made forever and ever."You do not need to read The Maine Woods on a wooded island in Maine (as I did) to be captivated and transported by it to a higher and greater sense of wilderness than you may ever have imagined.

  • By Jaroca2 on October 13, 2013

    ...no doubt about him.He leaves no grain (of sand) unturned. It has been decades since I first read this work and many years since I have had the pleasure of being at the Cape. All the memories come flooding back through his excellent narrative.I am glad I took the time to revisit this work, especially that I am older and in less of a hurry.

  • By Kevin M. on June 13, 2007

    This hardcover edition from Peninsula Press is unquestionably the best available edition of Thoreau's Cape Cod, for these reasons:1) While all other editions are based on Thoreau's journal entries from only his first three visits to the Cape, this edition includes an epilogue compiling Thoreau's notes from his fourth and final visit, in which he traveled south to Chatham and Monomoy.2) This is the only edition to translate the many, many Greek and Latin phrases Thoreau includes throughout the work, and it is also the only edition to provide illustrations, maps, and sidenotes in-text.3) This is the only indexed edition ever created.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of both Cape literature and Thoreau in general.

  • By Len Bicknell on March 2, 2015

    Thoreau's knowledge and descriptions of the natural world provide wonderful insights about living with nature and remind me of how much we have forgotten about surviving and thriving in the wild. As he and his companion packed their several hundred pounds of provisions, in preparation for their month long, 300 mile journey through the Maine wilderness, their indian guide came equipped with a hatchet, a rifle and a blanket. And Thoreau was considered an expert woodsman.


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